Oglethorpe University has announced that Kyle R. Williams, Ed.D. will be the new Dean of Students, effective February 1, 2021.
Currently, Dr. Williams is Assistant Director of Student Conduct and Community Standards at Washington University (St. Louis, MO).
In this role, Dr. Williams will focus on critical student-facing initiatives and day-to-day operations of Campus Life, providing leadership and oversight of Student Activities, Orientation, Student Government and Organizations, Greek Life, Residence Life, Wellness and Recreation, and Turner Lynch Campus Center operations.
Campus Life encourages campus participation, builds a sense of institutional citizenship and helps each student find their place where they flourish. Dr. Williams will oversee the creation of co-curricular opportunities that contribute positively to the overall quality of the academic and social experience at the university, as well as university outreach and conduct processes to support students who encounter difficulties and challenges.
“Dr. Williams is the perfect fit for Oglethorpe. He has a strong commitment to serving the students with his focus on being a ‘dean for and with the students’,” said Oglethorpe junior Courtland Davis. “This role requires someone to be vulnerable with students, to meet them where they are, and to effectively communicate and help (them) succeed. He has the ‘Oglethorpe energy,’ along with dedication and empathy.”
“This opportunity is the achievement of a dream that first manifested years ago at my own liberal arts college and as Dean of Students, I hope to make the same impact that others had on me,” said Dr. Williams. “I look forward to serving as an advocate for diversity, equity, inclusion and access for all students and community members and provide a space to allow students to live our mission to ‘make a life, make a living and to make a difference’.”
Dr. Williams received a Doctor of Education in Higher Education at Texas A&M University – Commerce, a Master of Science in Educational Leadership at Old Dominion University, and Bachelor of Arts in Music with an emphasis in Voice at Otterbein University, a liberal arts college.
His professional career has focused on student development and support. At Washington University, Dr. Williams serves as the practicum coordinator for the Division of Student Affairs, Faculty Fellow for the Race and Ethnicity Lab, and is a member of the University Sexual Assault Investigation Board. Previously, he served in various capacities at Texas A&M University – Commerce, first as Area Coordinator of the Department of Residential Living and Learning, and then as co-director of Minority Males Matter, responsible for implementing cultural-based living and learning and mentorship programs.
Earlier in his career, he served as Residence Director at The College of New Jersey and as a Graduate Assistant in the Office of Housing and Residence Life at Old Dominion University.
Dr. Williams has experience teaching in the areas of critical thinking, legal and ethical issues in student affairs, and college student learning and development. He is a board member of the Association of Student Conduct Administration, where he also chairs the Equity and Inclusion Committee.
“Dr. Williams is a welcome addition to our campus community,” said Vice President for Campus Life Michelle Hall. “Both our students and Campus Life team will benefit from his experience, leadership, and focus on prioritizing students and their undergraduate experience.”